Ironman 70.three Hawaii winner examined for doping

Less than two weeks ago, Lance Armstrong crossed the finish line in front of around 1,600 other triathletes at Ironman 70.3 Hawaii (Honu), moving one step closer to qualifying for the Ironman World Championship in October.

That goal was seriously jeopardized after the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) sent a letter to Lance Armstrong and others alleging they were officially accusing Armstrong of 1996 doping allegations. The story was first reported by the Washington Post. That lawsuit comes four months after federal prosecutors failed to bring charges against Armstrong in a two-year investigation.

Armstrong retired from cycling in 2011, where he won seven Tour de France titles, many of which have come under the cloud of doping control. He immediately started competing in triathlons and participated in Xterra and Ironman 70.3 events. That year Armstrong won Ironman 70.3 in Florida and Kona.

Despite winning the Kona event, Armstrong had not yet qualified for the Ironman World Championship in October. Ironman officials said it should host the Ironman 140.6 event in France in a few weeks’ time in hopes of a strong end to that event in order to get a return trip to the Big Island. The USADA’s investigation into Armstrong has put that target at risk after the World Triathalon Corporation (WTC) banned Armstrong from the competition during the ongoing investigation. The WTC organizes races of the series Ironman, Ironman 70.3 and 5150.

“WTC has been informed that the USADA has launched an anti-doping review process against Lance Armstrong to determine if there is enough evidence of doping during his cycling career to bring charges of non-analytical nature,” the triathlon company said in a prepared Explanation. “Our rules, as set out in the WTC Professional Athlete Agreement and Waiver, state that an athlete is not eligible to participate during an open examination. Armstrong is therefore excluded from participating in WTC-owned and licensed races until further verification. “

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In the USADA letter received from the Washington Post, the Armstrong agency accused the following violations, among others:

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– Use or attempted use of prohibited substances, including erythropoietic (EPO), blood transfusions, testosterone, corticosteroids, and masking agents.

– Possession of prohibited substances, including EPO, blood transfusions, testosterone, corticosteroids, and masking agents, and equipment for taking performance-enhancing drugs.

– Trade in EPO, testosterone and corticosteroids.

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– Administering or attempting to administer EPO, testosterone and cortisone to others.

– Support, encourage and cover up anti-doping rule violations.

– “Aggravating Circumstances”, which include a doping period that goes beyond the usual sanctions.

Armstrong visited his website lancearmstrong.com to immediately deny the allegations and question the integrity of the USADA:

“I was told that USADA, an organization largely funded by taxpayers’ money but governed only by self-written rules, is re-digging discredited allegations from more than 16 years to prevent me and me from competing as a triathlete taking off from the seven Tour de France victories that I have achieved. These are the same allegations and witnesses that the Justice Department failed to pursue after a two-year investigation. These allegations are baseless, defiantly motivated, and made through statements bought and paid for through promises of anonymity and immunity. Although the USADA alleges a far-reaching conspiracy spanning more than 16 years, I am the only athlete they have indicted. USADA’s malice, its methods, its star chamber practices, and its choice to punish first and decide later are at odds with our ideals of fairness and fair play. “

Armstrong’s testimony was continued by trying to explain why he is a clean athlete.

“I’ve never doped and, unlike many of my accusers, I’ve competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no performance enhancement, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one. The fact that the USADA ignores this fundamental distinction and accuses me instead of the approved dopper says far more about the USADA, its lack of fairness and this revenge than about my guilt or innocence. “

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